Alzheimer's Disease - Ways to Fight & Prevent It

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Questions We All Have About Alzheimer's

1. What is Dementia and what causes it?

2. What is Alzheimer's and how long does it last?

3. No cure for Alzheimer's?

4. Ways to fight Alzheimer's.

5. New hope on the horizon.

6. Waiting for a cure?


What is Dementia?

What causes it?

Dementia is a broad category of diseases, with Alzheimer's Disease being a specific type and also the most common cause. Dementia can include thought processes, behavior, communication, judgement and memory.

Dementia results from damage to the brain and is related to several different neurological conditions affecting cognition, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke and Frontotemporal Dementia. Over five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia.

Symptoms of dementia are severe enough to interfere with daily functions. It affects in different ways and no one can say exactly the behavior patterns of any individual and I have really never seen any two alike. I would not say it even has to do with personality.

My mother-in-law who could speak pretty sharp to people got very mellow and nice. Her last words to me were "I love you" and I never heard her say those words before, even to her own children. I love picturing her sitting up in her hospital bed all dressed in pink and her hair looking beautiful where I had rolled and styled it for her and maybe had something to do with her words to me. Still, it is a great memory.

My own mother who was always sweet and comical at times with her sense of humor kept those traits. Another lady I heard about who was on the wealthy side (only told about this) got really bad behavior problems using the bathroom all over her house and doing really crazy things which was very hard on her family to see and of course she had to go into assisted living.

It is simply a horrible disease we need a cure for fast and the good news is it just might happen!

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What is Alzheimer's?

Could the mental be connected to the heart?

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually come on slowly and get worse as time progresses, eventually becoming severe enough to interfere with the daily rituals and tasks of everyday life.

Five percent of people with Alzheimer's (known as younger-onset), have this come on them in their forties or fifties.

Alzheimer's get increasingly worse. In the beginning stages memory loss is mild, but as it progresses to late-stage Alzheimer's, sufferers lose the ability to carry on a conversation or act naturally to their environment. Being the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, those with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after their symptoms start being noticed by others. Survival ranges from four to twenty years, according to age and general health conditions.

Heart Connection?

Several conditions known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol seem to also increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's. Autopsy studies show as many as 80 percent with Alzheimer's disease also have cardiovascular disease.

Why do some individuals develop hallmark Alzheimer's plaques and tangles but not the symptoms of Alzheimer's? Vascular disease could help researchers find an answer down the road. Autopsy studies also suggest that plaques and tangles could be in the brain without causing signs of cognitive decline unless the brain also shows evidence of vascular disease. Much more study is needed to understand the link between vascular health and Alzheimer’s. So much is being discovered we can almost see and feel the cure getting so much closer, but wait, there are better things yet to come!

Check out video at the end of this article for best understanding of Alzheimer's you have probably ever seen.

Many times it is hard to recognize Alzheimer's.
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No Cure for Alzheimer's?

There is no cure for Alzheimer's as of this time but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues to find benefits to ease the disease. Alzheimer's treatments today can temporarily slow dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and the sooner these medicines are given the better.

I personally saw no improvement in my own mother's Alzheimer's condition with the one medicine, then another hurt her stomach so bad I opted to forgo it. Side effects should be taken into consideration. Already the sufferer of these diseases are in a bad mental state and to add pain to that I think is simply cruel and not worth what little good it might do if it is not caught early.

Possibly if she had gotten the medicine sooner it might have made a difference so I am certainly not putting it down but there really was no improvement and once she went into a nursing facility she was put on two different ones with her condition only getting worse and the stomach pain made her lose almost all appetite and she lost down to under a 100 pounds.

My personal experience with several Alzheimer's victims now tell me quiet and calm is some of the very best medicine. I totally disagree with the thought they should always be given the truth. Most have no idea their parents and many times even their spouse or children have passed on and it is so very upsetting for them to hear this it cannot possibly be a good idea and I will never change my mind on that. It is like reminding a two year old it's dog was run over instead of trying to get it off their minds which we all know to do. Being upset is not good for anyone at any age and it is not as if they will ever accept the facts and say they are OK with it. We do not have to lie to keep from telling them upsetting truths. It does not take much to get their minds elsewhere and feeding them happy thoughts is always best for them and the caregivers!

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Ways to Fight Alzheimer's

Experts suggest that for dementia lifestyle could be more important than medicines.
Here are three that could very well cut your chances of getting Alzheimer's!

1. Eating Healthy

Naturally it makes perfect sense to us all that foods we put into our bodies have an impact on our future health. Rather that depending on vitamins in pill form we should be supplying these nutrients into our bodies via foods! A Mediterranean diet with whole grains, green leafy vegetables, berries, fish, legumes and nuts, and even a serving of red wine into your daily meals is suggested with some experts believing a Mediterranean diet could possibly be more effective than what Alzheimer’s drugs we have on the market. Some German scientists believe olive oil introduced into your daily meals can help prevent the risk of Alzheimer’s. Theses scientists even used the super food qualities to make a new Alzheimer's medicine because the antioxidants from olives could help to slow down the disease process.

Vegetables, especially leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnip greens and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, which have been strongly linked to lower levels of cognitive decline in older age, according to a study in the Annals of Neurology.

Salmon and other cold-water fish, halibut, tuna, mackerel and sardines, all rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Other omega-3 sources are beans, certain nuts, flax seeds and healthy oils, such as olive oil.

Berries and dark-skinned fruits, rich in antioxidants. Alzheimer’s Association claim some of the fruits that are best are blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, red grapes and cherries.

Coffee and chocolate, studies show caffeine and coffee are great therapeutics against Alzheimer’s disease. The caffeine and antioxidants in these two can help fight age-related memory impairment, and also cinnamon and curry.

Extra virgin olive oil, has a substance called oleocanthal helping boost production of key proteins and enzymes that help break down amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. (More on this below!)

Cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, a heart-healthy oil free of cholesterol and trans-fats and boosts ketones. Coconut oil has been shown to improve the body’s use of insulin, increase HDL (good cholesterol), boost thyroid function acting as an antioxidant and natural antibiotic. (I add this to hot chocolate!)

Ginkgo Biloba is used to treat memory disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia. It benefits confusion, poor concentration, fatigue, dizziness and depression, according to the Mayo Clinic and also used to treat generalized anxiety disorder and schizophrenia by improving blood circulation. Ginkgo Biloba helps the brain, legs, eyes and ears to function better according to Web MD.

Natural food like green tea, red wine, berries, curcumin and pomegranates still are being studied for potential benefits in fighting Alzheimer’s disease, professor Seeram announced. “Now, in preliminary laboratory-based Alzheimer’s disease studies, phenolic-enriched extracts of maple syrup from Canada showed neuroprotective effects, similar to resveratrol, a compound found in red wine.” They claim to know that maple has more than 100 bioactive compounds, some of which have anti-inflammatory properties and surely they would not misguide us about the potential benefits that maple syrup might have in this area. Very encouraging news.

2. Exercise Your Brain

Research repeatedly shows when people keep their brain active, whether through continued education, a challenging work activity or social engagement activity, the memory remains sharper. The New England Journal of Medicine showed strong evidence that higher levels of education helps more people stave off dementia longer, for a longer period of time. Could this be due to connections between our brain cells, made stronger from education, being drawn upon should declination of memory or thinking occur? Try something new such as learning a second language, playing a musical instrument or simply working crossword puzzles, playing cards or any game can be a challenge to increase cognitive reserve!

Even if you are a couch potato you probably have access to a computer and the internet and that just puts mental activity at your fingertips. Do you love to read, play games, chat, write on any topic there is? (We all know HubPages is a great place for that!) But if this is not your thing then get out in the world and find it. There are too many ways to not find yours.

3. Physical Activity

Scientist suggest a few activities could gain you at least an extra five years before the onset of Alzheimer's and though it may not sound like much who knows what may be discovered in that five years!

Exercise - Good for the body and also the the brain Make sure your doctor approves your exercise program. Physical exercise has been shown in research as a way to prevent and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of dementia but now they tell us that even after dementia sets in, physical exercise can benefit the person living with dementia?
I like to look at it like this... No matter how long it takes you, you get to tack five years on at the end! Just don't wait too long to get started!

Three Keys to Beat Alzheimer's

Healthy body
Healthy brain
Healthy nutrition
Keep up regular daily exercise reasonable for your body.
Keep your brain exercised adding mental activity.
Keep your brain and body healthy with the right foods.

New Hope on the Horizon

Olive oil and maple syrup!

Olive Oil

In just one instance a study author, Amal Kaddoumi, found that Alzheimer’s affects about 30 million people, but that the widespread affect is lower in Mediterranean countries. Research has shown that some olive oil benefits are a result of the abundance of antioxidants and monounsaturated fats, known to be good for the heart. Then again research has shown heart-healthy fats protect blood vessels throughout the body, which includes the brain, helping to lesson damage of Alzheimer’s and the other forms of dementia.

Scientists have discovered a way of making medicine from olives that may cut the risk of Alzheimer's and even be a cure for the disease.

It has been discovered that a new Alzheimer’s drug can slow a patient’s cognitive decline.

Results of both these studies come as astoundingly welcome news to loved ones of the many sufferers diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

The use of olive extracts in pill form is designed to take advantage of its super food qualities, which is a key ingredient in the Mediterranean diet known to boost heart health.

German scientists behind the study believe those who eat an olive-rich diet, as well as keeping physically and mentally active, are less likely to suffer from dementia. So we take a new step toward the cure that just could be!


Maple Syrup

Small wonders

Maple Syrup

Learning from a new report that maple syrup could cure Alzheimer’s disease, scientists are admitting that this popular pancake topping could soon be used as medicine because it stops brain cell damage that causes the disease, reports the NY post. In laboratory-based Alzheimer’s disease studies, phenolic-enriched extracts of maple syrup from Canada showed neuroprotective effects, much like resveratrol, a compound found in red wine!

One study led by professor Navindra P. Seeram of the University of Rhode Island found that pure maple syrup extract “prevented the tangling of beta amyloid proteins and protected the neurons in rodents’ brain cells, specifically the microglial, which are the primary form of defense against pathogens in the central nervous system.”
Maple syrup extract was also found to prolong the lifespan of a roundworm with Alzheimer’s. This may seem far fetched but scientists may be so close to a cure and we can only hope this is one positive lead for help in Alzheimer's and other dementia types!

Researchers are now planning to study whether a maple syrup extract can be an effective cure for Alzheimer’s.

Maple syrup protects two brain proteins, according to researchers; beta amyloid and tau peptide.

Just this spring there will be exciting discussions on the research of this new found information!


While Waiting For a Cure

Get started today!

Now we know that Alzheimer's is just a form of dementia and have such a better understanding don't we? I had a doctor tell me that my mother had either Alzheimer's or dementia so his understanding was less than mine now that I know Alzheimer's is a dementia. That was several years ago, though and we really have come a long way with the help of wonderful scientists and their studies.

There is not a cure but we have much to help us stave off these diseases until a cure comes along. We must get busy though, not wait until we start seeing symptoms. We have a blueprint or road map laid out for us to follow and we should begin on it right away. If a cure is just up the road a little way we have a much better chance if we do not let dementia take hold before the cure!

I have ordered Ginkgo Biloba I will take faithfully. Exercise and diet are already uppermost in my mind and intentions that I practice halfheartedly, but now I have a list to go by and look how long it is! Many great choices. I will most definitely be learning many new olive recipes and as I already have the oil in my diet I am one step ahead!

Now I will be using maple syrup for my sweet tooth! It is time to have fun with gaining those extra five years while waiting and watching for the cure to these dreadful diseases.

It makes me think of my maternal grandmother having a horrible looking neck from goiter operations so many years ago while today that little iodine in our salt protects us all from that malady.

I feel sure one day, in the not too distant future, dementia and the related diseases will have something just as simple as iodine to make Alzheimer's just a bad memory.

Best Explanation of Alzheimer's You Will Find


Alzheimer's Explained


Source: “Olive-Oil-Derived Oleocanthal Enhances β-Amyloid Clearance as a Potential Neuroprotective Mechanism against Alzheimer’s Disease: In Vitro and in Vivo Studies”ACS Chemical Neuroscience, Feb. 15, 2013. German Research Center for Food Chemistrye

Gu Y, et al. Food combination and Alzheimer disease risk: a protective diet. Arch Neurol. 2010 Jun;67(6):699-706.

Lourida I, et al. Mediterranean diet, cognitive function, and dementia: a systematic review. Epidemiology. 2013 Jul;24(4):479-89.

Alzheimer's Association 2016 alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp

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DDE 10 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi Jackie Lynnley, interesting and informative. You ask good and helpful questions on this health problem.

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Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

Wow, Jackie, this is such a great hub to better help under Alzheimer's and Dementia! You've done a comprehensive job here.

My aunt had Alzheimer's and my mother Dementia, but with my mom it was more like short term memory loss. She couldn't remember anything from the past five minutes but she could remember everything from long ago. So strange. I think you're right about not telling them a truth that would upset them, because they are already confused and you know that has to be a scary reality for them.

We use olive oil all the time and eat salmon at least once a week, and try to eat healthier, but sometimes we don't. I know I do need to exercise more for sure. This is an eye-opener and beautifully presented and insightful.

Good job!


Heading out to work now ... I will return to watch the video so I can take my time.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

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billybuc 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

My best friend has it, as does Bev's mother. I'm tired of losing them both.

Thank you for the information.

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lifegate 10 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Thanks for providing us with all this good information. As common as Alzheimer's is, it's good to know these things. You've done a tremendous job or researching and writing this. Thanks again, Jackie.

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vocalcoach 10 months ago from Nashville Tn.

As I read this marvelous article I kept thinking about my dear sister. It's been so very difficult for the family. No one should have to live with this disease. The burden and stress claiming the care-takers is no picnic...believe me! Sharing and pinning.



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Carb Diva 10 months ago from Washington State, USA

My mother had it, my next door neighbor is in the final stages, and my best friend has just recently been diagnosed. A horrible disease for sure. Thank you for all of the information and research.

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you DDE, I wanted answers to my own questions finally that I never had and I do hope this will be helpful to many.

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Theresa, I think that is how it is with most victims, that they can remember way back but not the present. No doubt the area of the brain it affects. My mom use to think my dad was in another town or place working and I sure never told her that and she would kid about it but I know if he had been alive and she had been normal she would be having a fit if she thought he was in another place so long!

It is good there are things we can laugh about and certainly never cause them more worry or anxiety, glad you agree. The video is the best I have seen on Alzheimer's and we, having mothers with a dementia form, should certainly work on this list! I plan to and have already started.

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I hate that Bill and well you both should know to be working on this list of things sooner than later!

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks so much for the kind compliment Bill (Lifegate). I learned much from this study and what real hope we have now. I hope everyone does.

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I cannot even imagine it for a sister Audrey, I know it would be very hard to watch and live through. I hope this added some info to make you hopeful for yourself.

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Carb diva for checking it out. Hope it brought you a bit of hope.

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Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

Yes, Jackie, you are so right about those of us whose parents have had to go through all of this, and taking everything here you have presented to heart, so we won't suffer the same fate. I just can't stand the thought of my grandchildren having to see me with Dementia or worse. Woo, that makes my heart pang right now just thinking about it!

Oh, I meant to mention another wonderful thing to do daily, as we should anyway, and scientists have even confirmed this to stave of Alzheimer's, and this is to pray! I forgot I did a hub a good while back on it LOL

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Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

Oh, I just watched the video and you're right it is excellent and helped me a lot to understand things much better. Speaking of hallucinations, one time my mother thought there was a snow storm outside and she kept looking out the window commenting at how beautiful the snow was ...and there we were living in the Deep South!

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Yes of course we should pray absolutely which gets me into thoughts of Christians with Alzheimer's and questions I may never have the answers to. Just the Lord's Prayer though most times I believe covers more than we could think to.

Don't know if you caught it but I think I added something up there (meant to) were you can be tested for the gene to know if it will be you! I will study more on that later! I should get my Ginkgo Biloba tomorrow and as good as they talked about that stuff I think it would help with everyday memory problems. Anyway I will be interested to see. But if I can't remember you will have to tell me. lol

I know...not funny!

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Mom never had anything like that but her last time here she did not like to go outside. I would try to get her to walk around with me for exercise and maybe enjoy flowers or whatever but she was just not comfortable outside, it made her anxious. I will always remember though a trip we occasionally took to my daughter's house about an hour away I would give her a nerve pill just reserved for events like that and let her lay in the back seat or recline with her feet up. Anyway my husband and I were seeing a lot of this plant and we could not remember the name of it and I guess she must have been listening and sat up and looked out the window and told us exactly what it was! lol Then she laid back down!

I love memories like that to make me smile and love her so much more than I ever thought I could!

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Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

Well, I might be too afraid to have that test ...and I'll keep praying! Sad they havent found a cure yet but we can do things to help stave it off as you have presented here. Oh, I pray throughout the day. I don't think they are talking about saying a prayer every now and then. You'd be surprised that many Christians prayer life is not what it should be.

My husband takes all of that abd now I will be sure to take it too!

Good pun there

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

True, a test could be bad for our faith it it says we are gonna get it. I put a lot of faith in olives and olive oil with all the talk of it and healing in the bible and although I use the oil almost daily I am buying olives now and going to get some recipes to fix them for I don't care for them out of the jar! Too salty anyway.

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Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

Oh, yes, olive oil is great. We always get the extra virgin.

When they told me I had breast cancer, I was amazed I had no fear of dying as I know where I am going and I just knew the Lord would heal me and He did, so I guess I'm still here to do something for Him as I see it. And the funny thing is that if I had gotten cancer 15 years ago or so, I would have flipped out but now my relationship with Him has grow so strong that I had experienced that peace that passes all understanding.

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Sort of how I felt with my surgery, I would have been fine, live or die. It is great to be at that place in life isn't it? To be that close to God in spirit. I did not have an ounce of fear. Most times I have gone under a knife I wished and prayed for the best and didn't freak out but was a little apprehensive but not this time.

I use the extra virgin too and buy both cooking oil and salad and dressing EVOO. I am in search of Canada Maple syrup but don't know it has to be from there. Anyway I want a pure brand. So the more things we go with the better I think.

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Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

Yes, it sure is.

I wonder if maple syrup from Vermont is good? I love maple syrup but I would pour it on a pile of pancakes lol.

Yes, we use the virgin olive oil to cook and in everything. Salmon is my favorite fish and so easy to grill on the George Forman grill lol.

We just bake a sweet potato and steam broccoli and it all tastes heavenly and so healthy.

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I have to send you a salmon recipe my son gave me, it is out of this world good. Will send soon. You bake it. Yummy.

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Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

Please do! I want to try it. Thank you so much.

You are always cooking something up good. You should start a food blog.

Well, I better get to bed. We have our big meeting all day tomorrow. I'm tired just thinking about it LOL

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Say Yes To Life 10 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

The mother of a friend of mine had Alzheimer's. It was reversed when she gave her coconut oil. She would spread it on her mother's toast. Her mother died eventually anyway, but at least she was in a better state when she did.

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Oh, Theresa, will go find that recipe this minute and send it.

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Sparrowlet 10 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Jackie, this is an excellent hub. It is well organized, your explanations are clear and your examples helpful. I was interested to learn about olive oil and maple syrup! My family owns a bookstore, and several times we have hosted a book signing for Greg O'Brien, author of the book On Pluto, which is about his experience with early-onset alzheimers. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand what it is like to live with this terrible disease. Thanks for this very good information!

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MsDora 10 months ago from The Caribbean

Jackie, I believe with you that they will find a cure, otherwise the ratio of patients to caregivers will be a big problem. Thanks especially for the section on foods and medicines that help. Good information!

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I have heard some good things about coconut oil and I even keep it but onky use it cosmetically. I really should add it to me diet. Thanks for reminding me, Say Yes To Life!

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Katharine and I will certainly look into that book!

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Dora and I hope like me you will start ingesting some of these thought to be beneficial foods. We know first hand we never want to be a victim of this.

God bless you.

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Michael-Milec 10 months ago

Hi Jackie. A lesson learned. Plentiful informations. Rich in details. Bit scary. Where we go from here?

Never being close to anyone having Alzheimer's in the family or a distance relatives. (HalleluYAH). I remember though all my ancestors were working all their lives - mainly manually, being active in their small world of thinking, planing ( reading / memorizing) on personal limited basis. Eating healthy (ha) - organic - self produced- grown food. My father at eighty-seven still active, working as always, went to sleep as every other night, only to wake up in the heavenly place. What we 'primitive' folks learned from the nature of the "Our Father i heaven" - is : working- occupied- discipline ... Not many count on prayer as continual conversation with God, talking to him, asking for divine health and divine prosperity... That is where you will find me: Hating to be sick, always talking to the spirit of infirmity when comes with a bid for a new virus or popular cold or any newly developed sickness. (In my weird reaction I simply talk to the enemy spirit I don't want you, don't take, don't need you- go away IN THE NAME of - - - - s. Getting up early, exercising regularly and eating home prepared meals including dark chocolate, good coffee green leaves veggies and a red grapes year-round.

Oh, you mentioned a brain exercise that is my newer discipline: memorizing, writing/translating and having younger members of the family checking on my memory level regularly. (This is our secret, and we find it very effective.)

( Interestingly, many nationalities are familiar wit a saying 'God help those who help themselves...) Well , this doest work in God-less society or where there believing in His presence is nonexistent .

Peace and blessing.

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Michael. Yes Jesus is the name we should all be clinging to - to fight off all evil things. Satan does not know us but he certainly knows and hates the name of our Lord and Savior. Jesus is the only name to stand against evil.

I am sure the way your family live is the very best way and I agree that to go to heaven in our sleep would be a dream come true.

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aviannovice 10 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I also agree that making an Alzheimer's patient "face" the facts about unpleasantries is not a good way to do. It only increases endorphins that make them feel bd, which solves nothing in the scheme of things. If we can eradicate Alzheimer's/dementia in our lifetime, that will be a grand breakthrough in healthcare.

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

It sure will be Deb and I really do have high hopes.

On the face facts I just could not believe all the materials that were out saying just keep telling them the truth. Moms sister called her one day and Mom asked her where their mom was and the sister told Mom she was dead and I swear that was the worst few minutes of my life! Mom started screaming and crying and I had to act like an idiot and say the sister was kidding and Mom wanting to know why she would do that but I didn't know what to do! Finally she did settle down and of course in time forgot about it but can you imagine if they were always told the truth?

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Peggy W 10 months ago from Houston, Texas

I know several people who have had it...or have it today. Such a terrible disease! Will put Ginkgo Biloba on the shopping list and pray that a cure is found sometime soon. Good information to know about olive oil and even maple syrup. Will definitely be sharing this, pinning it to my health board and will give it a tweet.

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks so much Peggy. I really learned so much doing this study and I am already on all the things I wrote about here. Can't hurt! Appreciate the share!

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FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

Several people I know have it. One has repeatedly fallen victim to phone scammers because she trusts everyone and answers any questions. She orders books and other junk through the mail, including a gardening book for her blind husband who no longer gardened (no reading there). It's sad and frustrating.

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Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Yes it is, FA and I hope they get onto a cure PDQ. I know there is lots of money to be made with all these diseases and a lot lost once a cure is found but hopefully it will be something natural so the FDA has no say so in it. Well of course they already refuse to allow anyone to claim natural cures but we can all get around them there I am sure!

It was so sad with my mom; the last couple of years she only said my name over and over asking for help and then she wouldn't know me when I came to see her. But you know the last time she did know me and I took pictures of her with a doll I bought her and I try to just remember that visit.

And of course I worry about myself. I am trying all of the above!

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skperdon 9 months ago from Canada

Awesome, awesome hub on Alzheimers prevention Jackie! I found it very informative. Thank you for writing it.

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Jackie Lynnley 9 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you skperdon! I loved finding all this out and I am putting most of them to work for myself since my mom had it. I really hope and pray a cure is on the way!

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skperdon 9 months ago from Canada

I'll pray for a cure too.

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Jackie Lynnley 9 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Well where there is any two...let's hold to that.

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ladyguitarpicker 8 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

You as always have written a great hub and so simple to understand. You might even know more than some of my doctors. We have a new olive farm from the University of Fl. This is a first for this area. I use much olive oil and olives. This is very good news for people. Thanks

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Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you ladyguitarpicker; I wrote this as much for myself as anyone else to have a record of how things progress with the studies to help us all be aware. Such a devastating disease!

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dianetrotter 8 months ago from Fontana

It's interesting that you make a connection between dementia and Alzheimer's. My mother had Alzheimer's. When I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, I began reading about diabetics' tendency to have heart attacks and stroke which make them more susceptible to Alzheimer's. I'm exercising 5 days a week and improving my diet to bring my A1C down. Thank you for this informative article.

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Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

That is great Diane and what we all should do and although my mother ended up dying from a heart attack, in her 80s she got flying colors on her heart but being in nursing homes that probably (well I know for a fact) neglected her, it didn't take long to slide downhill. Probably not even getting medicines half the time. We best take care of ourselves, really, huh?

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dianetrotter 8 months ago from Fontana

Don't mention the neglect. I took my mother to a facility and she was walking. When I left, she walked around looking for me. They were telling me she needed a medication (I forget the name) because she was anxious. My mother was at the point that she couldn't communicate at all. I use to help her bath every day. The owner didn't think that was professional and changed her caregiver. My mother started holding food in her mouth all day. When I would go by every day, she was in a wheel chair with her legs on a chair. She would scream to the roof when we moved her. When I took her to the doctor she had bed sores. I can't talk about it anymore. When my mom passed away, both of her legs had rotted. I give guidance to my friends as they go through this heartbreaking experience. I purchased a policy that will enable me to stay in my home and receive care. You bet we should take care of ourselves.

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Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

That is so horrible Diane and that is about as bad as you can get but I feel sure my mom was molested or raped one morning or the night before in a very supposedly high class hospital rehab and I could not get anyone to help her or me and her nurse was on duty elsewhere and could not be found. Why I did not call the police I have no idea and that is what I should have done but I just have dozens of I should haves. Poor Mom, she was so meek and good, and they let her legs and feet freeze up while acting to me like she was walking fine. Well I know one thing, they will not get away with it forever. That is just how I feel. Some of my family were just as bad. Oh I just need to shut up!!! lol I know my mom is fine now and I think of her every day of my life wishing I still had her.

I will look into that plan of yours, never heard of it?

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dianetrotter 8 months ago from Fontana

Jackie I am so sorry to hear of what happened to your mom. The sad thing is they are not able to communicate to us what is going on. I know my mom is with the Lord also. Our moms don't have to deal with illness ever again. Praise God!

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Jackie Lynnley 8 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

No they don't. They have escaped and are where they will know only happiness and joy for eternity and I am ready to join them whenever my time is up. I look forward to it more the older I get.

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norlawrence 7 months ago from California

Great article. I learned a lot from it.

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Jackie Lynnley 7 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Norma. My mom had it so I am trying all these things that I can and I really love the Ginkgo Biloba and the clear head it gives!

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norlawrence 7 months ago from California

I will have to remember the Ginkgo Biloba. Mike has congestive heart failure and I am trying to keep him going. A few months ago his CO2 got to high and his mind went back 10 to 15 years ago. He thought he was driving his truck and picking up freight and delivering it. He stopped breathing and went on life support. When he started breathing on his own again he was back to normal.

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Jackie Lynnley 7 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

He may need a new prescription medicine I just heard about on the market now. Can't recall the name but sounds much better than the ones my mom was on. Of course if you have to pay full price you may not can afford them as it was for Mom at first until she got help. Ridiculous, but doesn't hurt to check. I get my Ginkgo online through Puritan's Pride and got 3 bottles for a really great price.

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norlawrence 7 months ago from California

Thanks. I will check it out. Prescription costs are terrible.

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Jackie Lynnley 7 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Glad to help.

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old albion 7 months ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Jackie. This is a first class hub to say the least. Your effort in research and presentation is tip top. Heartfelt on a personal note and so helpful with advice and explanation. Thank you for writing it, I know it will touch and help so many people.


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Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks old albion, I really did the study and wrote this on a need to know basis so I am very pleased it does seem so thorough. We just cannot educate ourselves enough on this issue.

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Minnetonka Twin 3 months ago from Minnesota

Wow is this a well written hub on Alzheimer's. I really like the fact that you give such great tips on what we can do to help reduce our chances of getting it. I use olive oil in almost every dinner meal. I plan to order the Ginko pills as you mentioned above. Is ginko a supplement, and where do I buy it? Thanks for a really interesting hub my friend. I think so many of us fear getting this cruel disease.

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Jackie Lynnley 3 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Ginko can be picked up at Walmart unless you find a better deal online. I think I got my last at iherb which gives you back 10% on your next order Linda. Many doctors recommend it too.

Thanks so much for reading and really pleased you got something from it. I try to do all these things I can seeing my mother lost to it...

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aesta1 2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

As we advance in age, this is one of the things that I fear. We try to do most of the things you mentioned. I am happy you posted this as I try to learn more about this.

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Jackie Lynnley 2 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you, I do work on it too since I do have a better chance it will affect me having a mother with it. I do keep my mind active and do the Ginkgo Biloba daily and maple syrup often plus any others off and on pretty regular. We do need to do something on a regular basis rather than wait until we have symptoms.

Thanks for stopping by aesta!

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